After seeing spring 2014 style alternatives from three style capitals, it was quite hard to belive that the Paris Fashion Week spring 2014 edition would really bring something new, but there were several labels that proved that skeptics were wrong. As far as redefining opulence or bringing a feminine, elegant flair to sportswear-inspired pieces was concerned, the first half of the Paris Fashion Week brought plenty of unique perspectives and several original influences. Here are some of our favorite examples:

PFW Spring 2014 Trends: Opulent Gold Accents at Dries van Noten

Golden accents livened up the Dries van Noten spring 2014 runway. The new line brought a masterful blend of whimsical floral motifs, ethnic details and barbwire prints and cleverly balanced soft and loud elements. 

Dries Van Noten Spring 2014

Key pieces from the new line included romantic blouses, skirts with exaggerated ruffles, short dresses, eye-catching oversized coats or fab statement necklaces that reflected the new line’s bold style. View more from: Dries van Noten spring 2014 collection

PFW Spring 2014 Trends: Romantic Pastels at Rochas

Rochas Spring 2014

Innocence and fragility were the keywords at the Rochas spring 2014 show. For creative director Marco Zanini, fragility is not synonymous with weakness: “It takes a lot of strength to be gentle and kind,” he explained, citing the “The Glass Menagerie” play as inspiration. The idea was translated in a multitude of sweet pastel tones, dainty floral prints and luxurious lamé accents. Who would wear the spring 2014 Rochas designs? Anyone who loves ultra feminine pieces, incurable romantics as well as those who love retro influences. View more from: Rochas spring 2014 collection

PFW Spring 2014 Trends: Sultry Elegance at Azzaro

Azzaro Spring 2014

Designers Arnaud Maillard and Alvaro Castejon, put an interesting spin on luxury eveningwear. The duo brought an eclectic mix: cool retro accents and modern, simple shapes. Chic strapless gowns, elegant jumpsuits or long sleeved floor length dresses with strategic sheer panels are some of the coolest new alternatives spotted in the new line. Sultry and elegant, these alternatives can work for both those who are craving a classy, elegant allure and for those who love making a strong statement and don’t shy away from ultra sexy alternatives. There’s no doubt about it: the Azzaro girl steals the spotlight everywhere she goes. She’s a true diva! View more from: Azzaro spring 2014 collection

PFW Spring 2014 Trends: Structured Feminine at Balenciaga

Balenciaga Spring 2014

Alexander Wang definitely put his mark on the new Balenciaga collection. He went back to his recognizable sportswear-based roots while still keeping the label’s distinguishable style trademark: “I wanted to… take this season to really start putting some footprint into it, making it relatable to what I thought was important and bringing some of my vocabulary of sportswear into it,” he stated. The result was an interesting one: masculine accents brought through cool modern jackets and loose trousers and feminine alternatives brought  through modern abstract prints and sultry, elegant short dresses. View more from: Balenciaga spring 2014 collection

PFW Spring 2014 Trends: Eclectic ’90s at Carven

Carven Spring 2014

A variety of influences can be found in the new Carven spring 2014 line. On one hand, the label brings cool variations on the military trend with a myriad of eye-catching prints which are used on everything from handbags to oversized coat. On the other hand, the brand brings flirty floral prints and even subtle Gothic influences. Among the most memorable pieces from the new line are bomber jackets, short skirts, cool oversized coats and black choker necklaces. View more from: Carven spring 2014 collection

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